Thursday, July 30, 2015

Iowa Weekly Fishing Report for 7/30/2015

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 largemouth bass
For lake locations, maps and other information, go to www.iowadnr.gov/Fishing/FishingReports.aspx

The Iowa Department of Natural Resources issues a weekly fishing report on Thursdays in an effort to provide the latest information heading into the weekend. The weekly fishing report is compiled from information gathered from local bait shops, angler creel surveys, and county and state parks staff. For current information, contact the district fisheries office at the phone number listed at the end of each district report.

NORTHWEST
Nelson Park Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have had some luck using traditional catfish baits (e.g., dip baits, cut bait, chicken liver). Bluegill - Fair: Some keeper bluegills are being picked up near the dam. Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers are catching largemouth bass off spinners and crawlers; some are above the 15 inch minimum length limit.

Yellow Smoke Park Lake
A hoop netting survey designed to collect catfish was conducted on 7-24-15.  Nice sized channel catfish ranging from 9 - 28 inches and bluegill 6-9 inches were collected.  Target catfish using leeches, cut bait, or dip baits fished on or near bottom in areas 5-10 feet deep.  Fish for bluegills using crawlers, minnows, or leeches in 3-10 feet of water.    

Brushy Creek Lake
Walleye - Fair: Successful anglers are fishing with leeches in about 15-20 feet of water. Bluegill - Good: Bluegill are being caught on wax worms and leeches in about 10-15 feet of water. Black Crappie - Fair: Crappie are being picked up in 10 feet of water. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are being picked up.

Storm Lake (including Little Storm Lake)
Boaters should use caution around the dredge barge, booster pump barge, and pipeline. Walleye regulations for Storm Lake are three fish per day, all fish between 17 and 22 inches must be released and only one over 22 inches may be kept.  Walleye - Fair: Anglers are picking up walleye trolling crankbaits and fishing leeches in the dredge cuts. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish using dip baits, cut bait, and chicken liver fishing from boat and shore. White Bass - Fair: White bass are being caught on crankbaits while fishing for walleyes.

Black Hawk Lake
Lake level is 11 inches above crest. Bluegill - Fair: Fish for bluegill out deeper near rock piles.  Use crawlers or leeches. Walleye - Fair: 14-17 inch walleye have been picked up using leeches fished near rock piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching largemouth bass using spinners, crawlers, or minnows and jigs.  Most fish are below the 15 inch minimum length limit for largemouth bass. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish have been picked up with leeches near rock piles.

Browns Lake
Largemouth Bass – Fair. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers have caught a few bluegill with crawlers fished under a bobber.

Snyder Bend Lake
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers have picked up some channel catfish using crawlers and stink bait. Shortnose gar - Good: Anglers are picking up gar fishing from shore.

Southwood Conservation Area Pond (east)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Some catfish are being picked up using dip baits and crawlers.

Peters Park
Largemouth Bass - Good: Anglers have had luck picking up largemouth bass over 15 inches.

For more information on the Black Hawk District, call 712-657-2638.

Beeds Lake
Crappie - Good: Successful anglers are drift fishing or slow trolling with a light tube jig; 7-9 inch crappies are suspended in about 6-8 feet of water.

Briggs Woods Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are being caught on deep diving crankbaits.

Upper Pine Lake
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are being caught on crawlers from both lakes. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth bass are being caught from Upper Pine with deep diving crankbait.

Lake Smith
Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Good.

Clear Lake
Walleye - Slow: Fish the rock reefs or the weed edges. Muskellunge - No Report. Yellow Bass - Good: Anglers are catching yellows in a variety of locations. Some are being caught on the state artificial reef on the main lake, the Baptist camp area, or in the little lake in 8 feet of water. Use a small jig tipped with a piece of worm. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Anglers are catching a few largemouth with plastic worms near the edges of vegetation in the little lake. Channel Catfish - Good: Successful anglers are fishing with jigs and worms near the state artificial reef on the main lake.

Little Wall Lake
Channel Catfish - Slow:  A few catfish are being caught in the early morning and evenings using stink bait or chicken liver.

Bluebill Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Successful anglers are catching largemouth bass on top water baits. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on live bait fished on the bottom.

Iowa River (Iowa Falls to Marshalltown)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: The Iowa River at Steamboat Rock is producing a few very nice smallmouth bass. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish are biting on livers.

Shell Rock River (above Greene)
Smallmouth Bass - Good: River levels are good, smallmouth should be biting well.

Winnebago River
Smallmouth Bass - Good: River levels are good, smallmouth should be biting well.

For lake updates and fishing information in the north central area, contact the Clear Lake Fish and Wildlife office at 641-357-3517.

Lake Pahoja
Bluegill - Good: Bluegills are schooled up off the jetties. Bluegills are very large with many 7-8 inch fish. Fish a worm and bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth are beginning to bed in the shallows along the south banks in shallower water. Throwing spinner baits or soft plastics for the aggressive males will produce bites.

Big Spirit Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish are being caught under boat hoists around the lake. Fish jigs, wacky worms, or spinner baits. Go out into 8-9 feet of water and fish the inside and outside edge of weed lines with Texas rigs, drop shots, swimbaits, or crankbaits. During the evening smallmouth are hitting top water along the west shore. Walleye - Good: Local anglers are catching walleye around 7:00 till dark at the North Grade. Fish above and below the slot are being caught and creeled. Successful anglers are using jigging raps, bobber and leech, or just jigging a leech. Walleyes are also being caught along the weed line in Anglers bay in 16-17 feet of water. This weed line runs east to west and larger walleyes are swimming along this edge. Fish jigs tipped with a leech. Yellow Perch - Excellent: Yellow perch are biting on the south end right in 12-20 feet of water. Use small jigs and wigglers. Black Bullhead - Fair: The bullhead bite at the north grade is slowing. Creeled anglers are taking home single digits of 12-14 inch fish. The most successful anglers are leaving the worm on the bottom and fishing around submerged vegetation. Northern Pike - Good: Anglers using weedless frogs or surface lures back in the north grade in the dense weeds are catching smaller northerns.

Center Lake
Bluegill - Fair: 6-8 inch bluegill are being caught in low numbers along the north bank. Fish were being harvested using small lipstick jigs tipped with a night crawler. Crappie - Good: Smaller crappies are being caught on the north and east side of Center Lake. Anglers are using jigs tipped with wax worms.

East Okoboji Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Large numbers of yellow bass are being caught near East Okoboji beach near the boat docks. Fish vary from small to a few larger 8-9 inch fish. Throw soft plastic shad for them. Anglers fishing under the highway 9 bridge are catching fair numbers of yellows using small plastic minnows. Yellow Perch - Fair: Numbers of smaller yellow perch are being caught while anglers are fishing for yellow bass. Pulling similar baits near the bottom will force more perch into your bucket. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish near the inlet to upper gar along the rocks to find a fast paced bass bite. Anglers are seeing bass bedding up in upper gar then swimming into East Okoboji. Walleye - Fair: Parks Marina and Lone Tree point are reporting a hot bite for walleye. Anglers are drifting minnows along the bottom before dark. Larger walleye are being caught in 10-12 feet of water. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching low numbers of 8 inch bluegills while fishing docks throughout East Okoboji. Anglers are fishing small jigs under docks tipped with wax worms.

Silver Lake (Dickinson)
Walleye - Good: Anglers are catching limits of walleye on Silver Lake in Lake Park. Many anglers are catching limits using leeches, crankbaits while trolling, or slip bobbers with minnows. Anglers are catching these fish throughout the water body. Yellow Perch - Fair: While setting hoop nets 10+ inch yellow perch were seen in the west end of Silver Lake. Higher numbers of 8-9 inch perch have been seen in nets in the north bay. Channel Catfish - Fair: Over a dozen 5-6 pound channel catfish were caught while setting hoop nets. These fish were found along the west shore of the south bay.

West Okoboji Lake
Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth can be found under boat hoists, near weed lines, and on the drop offs. Fish these spots with football jigs, crankbaits, or Texas rigs. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth have moved off beds and are headed towards the rocky drop offs. Fish the rock points that shoot out into the main basin of West Lake, Pillsbury, Fort Dodge, or Gull Point. Fish with jerk baits, football jigs, or swimbaits. Walleye - Fair: Many anglers fishing off Manhattan point after dark are reporting an increase in quality non-slot walleyes. Anglers are trolling deep diving crankbaits and are picking up these walleyes as they come up the point. Yellow Bass - Good: In Smiths bay just north of the amusement park anglers are reporting a high catch rate of large yellow bass. Anglers using orange twister tails or plain hook with worm and split shot are catching yellows on every cast. Yellow Perch - Fair: A perch bite is going on in Millers and Emerson bays with 9-11 inch fish caught in 12-18 feet of water.

Five Island Lake
Walleye - Fair: Anglers fishing just north of town bay are catching 14-17 inch walleye. Anglers using bottom bouncers are stumbling upon numbers of walleyes as they approach the shallows.

Lost Island Lake
Yellow Bass - Good: Large yellow bass can be caught under the overhang at the outlet of little lake. A large number of smaller fish can be caught near the bridge where Lost Island dumps into little lake. Black Bullhead - Excellent: A large number of bullhead are being seen at the mouth of little lake just west of the bridge while crews are electrofishing on Lost Island.

NORTHEAST
Volga Lake
Panfish activity continues to be slow but catfish activity is on the rise. Volga Lake is one of the best catfish lakes around. Bluegill - Slow: Use a small piece of worm near brush piles along the dam and other rocky shoreline. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Fish over brush piles or rock reefs. Crappie - Slow: Drift along open water using a small tube jig. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish stink bait or worms off the bottom near submersed logs or along a rocky shore.

Lake Hendricks
Lake Hendricks has a lot of great shoreline access.  Fishing for catfish is great on a hot summer day.  Bait your hook with a piece of worm or stink bait and wait for the pole to bend.  Stay hydrated while you're waiting. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills can be found spread out along the weed beds.  Use a hook tipped with a small piece of night crawler fished under a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Fish have been active about mid-day around the jetties and rock reefs.  Stink baits and night crawlers are working for finicky catfish. Largemouth Bass - Slow: Bass can be found along the weed edges and around the rock reefs.  A jig tipped with a twister or worm will get some attention.

Lake Meyer
As of 7/30, water levels continue to be about 9 feet below normal. The boat ramp is unusable and will remain so until water levels are allowed to return to normal. Mud flats and past habitat locations are becoming exposed. Water levels will remain low throughout the construction period. Construction should be completed by November 1, 2015 when water levels will be allowed to return to normal.  Bluegill - Slow: Anglers willing to brave the rocks to get to water can find bluegills. Successful anglers are using a hook tipped with a small piece of night crawler under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - No Report. Channel Catfish - Slow: Little angling is being attempted due to low water levels but fish can still be caught.

New Hampton Pond (Garnant)
Garnant Pond has an abundance of small sunfish and carp.  It is scheduled for renovation the middle of August.  The pond will be drained and a fish toxicant will be applied to all wet areas to make sure no fish will be left. The pond will then be restocked with bluegills, largemouth bass, and channel catfish. This combination assures an excellent fishery for all to enjoy. Common Carp – Slow.

Split Rock Lake
Split Rock Lake experienced a complete fish kill in 2014.  It was stocked with 7000 inch bluegill in the fall of 2014 and 700 two inch channel catfish and 490 two inch largemouth bass this spring. Bluegill - No Report. 

Ringneck Haven
Ringneck Haven had a partial winterkill in 2014 and is now overpopulated with green sunfish.  The Iowa DNR is currently in the process of rebuilding the fishery.  This spring it was stocked with 200 fingerling northern pike, 400 two inch channel catfish, 280 two inch largemouth bass, 5,000 inch long yellow perch, and 100 eight to ten inch largemouth.  Anglers are asked to release any bass, pike, perch, and catfish if caught until the sunfish population is under control. Green sunfish – Fair.

Upper Iowa River (above Decorah)
Water levels have stabilized but clarity has decreased.  Be mindful of new strainers, such as log jams, tree falls, and other obstructions.  The best spots to fish at this time of year are where the tributaries empty into the river.  Many types of fish can be caught here including trout. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallmouth bass are hitting jigs tipped with twister tails.  Crankbaits imitating crawdads should turn a smallie head.

Upper Iowa River (below Decorah)
Be mindful of new snags, log jams, and other strainers when paddling in water with increased flows.  Visibility is reduced due to recent rainfall.  Fish are hanging out near the mouths of the tributaries. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Successful anglers are using a jig tipped with a dark twister tail with a flash of color or crankbait. Cast around log jams and other woody structure. Channel Catfish - Good: A jig tipped with a crawler or stink bait has been successful. Walleye - Fair: Successful anglers are using a jig with dark twister tails or leaches. Try running your jig just out from an undercut bank.

Turkey River (below Clermont)
New snags, log jams, submersed logs and other debris may be observed.  Use care when paddling around obstructions. Water temperatures are in the low 80's.  Water clarity has decreased this week due to recent rains. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish a jig tipped with a twister tail along seams and eddies.

Cedar River (above Nashua)
Water levels have increased about 6 feet due to rainfall in the upper watershed; clarity is poor.     Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers using chubs, cut bait, and chicken liver fished on the bottom are finding success even in turbid water. Smallmouth Bass - Slow: A jig tipped with a twister tail or night crawler fished in eddies below the dams and off current areas will produce fish.

Decorah District Streams
Trout streams are in good condition.  Anglers should avoid touching the wild parsnip (yellow lacey flower) found along many of our streams. It reacts with sunlight and can cause the skin to blister.  Spin fishers using common garden hackle fished under a bobber will catch trout.  Look for more frequent Tricorythodes and Ephoron (mayfly species) hatches through July.  Ants, beetles, and grasshoppers will become more prevalent as summer progresses. Brown Trout - Good: Off color or slightly turbid water is a great time to catch brown trout.  Use a flashy spinner to antagonize finicky browns. Rainbow Trout - Good: A good quality trout stream will typically have trout, sculpins, and white suckers but outstanding insect diversity. Brook Trout - Good: Seven coldwater streams in Northeast Iowa have consistent brook trout natural reproduction.

It's going to be a beautiful weekend to get outside with temperatures in the low 80's and lower humidity.  Water levels on area rivers vary with rainfall events.  Reminder to trout anglers, during the heat of the summer, a few trout streams are not stocked in July and August.  Abundant opportunities to catch trout continue to be available.  For more information, please call the Decorah Fish Hatchery at 563-382-8324.

Casey Lake (aka Hickory Hills Lake)
Casey Lake has been good for catfish sunrise to sunset, but panfish action has slowed. Bluegill – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Slow. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish on worms, prepared baits, and frogs.

George Wyth Lake
Shore fishing has been slow but should begin to pick-up as we head into late summer and water temperature begin to come down. Bluegill – Slow. Largemouth Bass – Slow. Crappie – Slow.

Plainfield
Bluegill – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Slow.

Cedar River (Nashua to La Porte City)
Cedar River at Waterloo is flowing at 6800 cubic feet per second which is about 3 times above the median flow rate for this time of year.  The river rose rapidly over the past weekend, but has been stable since Sunday (July 26) and should begin falling soon.  Fishing has been good for catfish and fair for other species. Channel Catfish - Good: Cut baits and crawlers fished at the head ends of chutes and riffles have been productive.  Fish wood near or in the current this time of year. Northern Pike – Fair. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Try jigs tipped with a piece of night crawler.  Smallmouth are typically caught in close proximity to rock structure. Walleye - Slow: A few walleye have been caught early or late in the day. A jig and crawler has been the best bet, but crankbaits can also be productive this time of year.

Wapsi River (Tripoli to Troy Mills)
Wapsipinicon River at Buchanan County is running at 418 cubic feet per second mid-week which is about 2 times median flow rate for this time of year.  The river had a recent rise, but appears to be cresting.  Fishing has been good for multiple species on the Wapsi. Channel Catfish - Good: Use cut baits, crawlers, or prepared baits near wood and current. Northern Pike - Fair: Anglers are catching small (18-inch) to medium (30-inch) pike using a variety of artificial lures. Smallmouth Bass - Good: The Wapsi currently has an excellent population of smallmouth bass and fishing has been improving as late summer approaches. Walleye - Fair: Catch rates have been good for walleye but size has been running on the small size with most fish being caught from the 2014 year class (about 12 inches).

Maquoketa River (above Monticello)
The Maquoketa River is running at 225 cubic feet per second at mid-week which is near median flow for this time of year.  The Maquoketa is slightly rising following recent rainfall, but should begin to fall in the upper river before the weekend.  Fishing has been good on the Maquoketa for multiple species. Channel Catfish - Good: Fishing for cats has been good in the Maquoketa River in southern Delaware County down through Jackson County.  Fish with cut baits or prepared stink baits. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouth fishing has been picking up using a variety of artificials. Sucker - Good: Fish a worm on the bottom. Walleye - Fair: Catch rates for walleye have been good to excellent but most fish being caught are from the 2014 year class so only about 12 inches in length at this time.

Manchester District Streams
Trout fishing has been good recently with favorable flows in most streams.  It is the season to try some terrestrial imitations, especially grasshoppers.  Caddis action is also a good bet late in the evening on hot summer days.  Spring Branch Creek and Ensign Hollow have excellent Brown Trout populations year round.  Rainbow trout stocking continues on most streams through the summer. Rainbow Trout – Excellent. Brown Trout – Good. Brook Trout – Fair. 

River fishing in northeast Iowa has been good during the last few weeks of July, but lake fishing has slowed. Trout streams remain in excellent condition and fishing for trout has been good to excellent.  Call the Manchester Fish Hatchery at 563-927-3276 for more information.

SOUTHEAST
Otter Creek Lake
Yellow Bass - Fair: Fish spinners along shorelines. Bluegill - Fair: Fish worms or jigs around brush piles near the jetties. Channel Catfish - Fair: Cut bait and stink bait fished toward evening works best.

Hannen Lake
Bluegill – Fair. 

Iowa Lake
Channel Catfish – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair. 

Lake Macbride
There is a 10 horsepower maximum in effect for boats on the lake. Walleye - Fair: Trolling crankbaits has been producing some fish. Channel Catfish – Fair.

Pleasant Creek Lake
Channel Catfish – Slow. White Bass – Slow. Wiper (Hybrid Striped Bass) – Slow. 

Diamond Lake
No minnows are allowed here. Bluegill – Good. Channel Catfish – Good. Crappie - Fair: Fish deeper brush or drift the basin for suspended fish.

Union Grove Lake
The lake has been drained for the renovation project.

Coralville Reservoir
As of July 30, the lake level is 684.7 feet (normal summer pool is 683.4 feet). It is slowly falling and is predicted to reach normal pool on August 5th. The dropping water level has muddied the lake again.

Cedar River (La Porte City to Cedar Rapids)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish were being caught below the dams in Cedar Rapids last weekend. Northern Pike – Fair. 

Wapsi River (Troy Mills to Oxford Junction)
Walleye - Fair: Crankbaits were reported as working. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Crankbaits have been working for smallmouth. Northern Pike – Fair. Largemouth Bass – Fair.

For more information, contact the Lake Macbride Fisheries Station at 319-624-3615.

Lake Geode
Water temperature remains in the low 80's.  Best fishing is at first and last light. Bluegill - Fair: Look for bluegills on the outer edges of the weed beds and along the ledges going to deep water.

Lake Belva Deer
The thermocline is between 10 and 12 feet, fish any lower than that and you are wasting your time.  Surface water temperature remains near 83 degrees.  Water clarity is 36 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are picking up some bluegills down about 8 to 10 feet deep.

Lake Darling
Water temperature remains around 83-84 degrees. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills and most other fish are about 7 to 8 feet down around the willow bats and other flooded habitat.

Lost Grove Lake
The lake is full, has been for the last couple of weeks, so we can turn the rain off now. Lost Grove Lake has an 18 inch minimum size limit for bass. Bluegill - Slow: Bluegill fishing has picked up a little but is still pretty slow. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Look for bass near the causeway where the upper end of the lake comes through the culvert.

Skunk River (Coppock to Mississippi River)
And now she's coming back up again. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are doing pretty good using cut bait and stink baits.  There are a lot of grass frogs hopping around; catch a few of them for bait.

Big Hollow Lake
The duckweed has come back after the rains had flushed at least part of it out. Bluegill - Good: Work your way around the algae and duckweed and you can find some pretty nice fish. Largemouth Bass - Good: Try at last light with some top water baits.  Don’t be too surprised if you catch a small musket or two.

For more information on the above lakes and rivers, call the Lake Darling Fisheries Office at 319-694-2430.

Lake Wapello
Largemouth Bass - Good: Top water lures can be productive this time of year when fished in the mornings and evenings.  Look for areas where the cedar trees are sticking out the water for the best action. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching bluegill along the shorelines.  Tip small jigs with a chunk of night crawler. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try liver or night crawlers fished in about 8 feet of water.

Red Haw Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or a chunk of night crawler fished under a bobber. Largemouth Bass - Good: Fish rubber worms or crankbaits along the shoreline with structure, fishing jetties, and along the dam. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are using night crawlers and cut bait.

Hawthorn Lake (aka Barnes City Lake)
Hawthorn Lake has a slot length limit for largemouth bass and all 12 to 16-inch bass must be immediately released. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Fish spinner baits or crankbaits along areas with rock. Plastics can also be productive. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs or chunks of night crawler fished under a bobber.  Some sorting may be required for larger fish. Black Bullhead - Fair: Recent surveys show good numbers of 9-11 inch bullhead.  Try night crawlers fished on the bottom in about 6 feet of water.

Lake Keomah
Lake Keomah State Park is undergoing a road construction project; access to the park is limited.  The boat ramps are still accessible by using the entrance to the north and east of the park.

Lake Miami
Lake Miami is full.  New jetties and cedar tree piles were installed during a lake renovation project.  Anglers have reported catching largemouth bass and a few bluegills.  Channel catfish have been stocked.

Lake Sugema
Lake Sugema has a 12-18 inch protected slot length limit for largemouth bass.  Anglers are encouraged to harvest largemouth bass less than 12 inches in length to improve overall largemouth bass growth. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Top water lures should be tried in the early mornings and the evenings. Crankbaits can also be productive this time of year when fished along the jetties and along rocky shorelines. Walleye - Slow: Fish jig and minnow combos along the face of the dam. Try different depths until finding active fish. Bluegill - Fair: Use small jigs fished along the shoreline in 2-6 feet of water. Also try a chunk of night crawler fished about 12 inches below a bobber. Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching catfish using crawdads and liver.

Rathbun Reservoir
The current lake level is 920.30 feet.  The water temperature is 80 degrees.  Lake Rathbun contains zebra mussels so make sure to properly drain, clean, and dry boats before transporting to another water body.  Spray boats and trailers with high pressure hot water (above 104 degrees) or let them dry for at least 10 days (5 days in the sun).  Crappie - Fair: Anglers are having some luck fishing around docks using minnows. Some anglers have also been catching crappie trolling crankbaits. Channel Catfish - Fair: Try areas where water is flowing into the lake.  Use cut bait or chicken liver. Walleye - Slow: Drifting or trolling live bait along submerged points and rock piles can be good this time of year. Crankbaits should also be tried in the same areas.  Use a crankbait that mimics a gizzard shad.

Take your trash with you so your favorite fishing spot is clean and litter free. Contact the Rathbun Fish Hatchery at 641-647-2406 with questions regarding angling in south central Iowa.

MISSISSIPPI RIVER
Mississippi River Pool 9
River level is 8.3 feet at Lansing and remaining stable over the next week. Water temperature is in the 80's.   Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report.

Mississippi River Pool 10
River level is 14.6 feet at Lynxville and stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the 80's. Walleye - Fair: With stable water levels look for walleyes to start feeding on the top sides of wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair:  Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams. Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair:  Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels. Flathead Catfish - No Report. 

Mississippi River Pool 11
River level is 6.0 feet at Guttenberg and expected to remain stable over the next week.  Water temperature is in the 80's.  Walleye - Fair: Fish with a crawler on a three-way rig or crankbait trolled on the wing dams. Bluegill - Fair: Larger bluegills have been reported on side channel areas near tree or rock structure. Largemouth Bass - Good:  Look for bass near woody structure in side channels and along the main channel. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Smallmouths are feeding along rocky areas with good current breaks. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel cats are starting to bite on stink baits fished in deeper side channel holes. Freshwater Drum - Good: Drum are biting well fishing a worm on the bottom along the main channel border. White Bass - Fair: Look for schools of jumping minnows and try pitching small silver spinners. Northern Pike - Fair: Look for northern pike in cooler water sources such as springs and mouths of streams.  Fish spoons using a leader. Crappie - Fair: Fish a minnow under a bobber or a small tube jig in fallen trees or snags on side channels.

Upper Mississippi River levels have stabilized and are at normal summer levels.  Look for fish seeking deeper holes and cooler water refuge as water temperatures are raising.  Water temperature is near 80. 

Mississippi River Pool 12
The water level is near 5.6 feet at Dubuque Lock and Dam and 8.2 feet at the Dubuque RR bridge.  This is down over a foot from last week.  The river will be stable to falling all week.   The water temperature in the main channel is at 80 degrees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth fishing is generally pretty good. Frog imitations in the weeds has been somewhat effective. Walleye - Fair: A little hit and miss but anglers that target this pool often are successful off the wing dams and rock lines. Bluegill - Fair: Some gills are being taken out of brush piles in the side channels and along vegetation lines in the lower pools. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is over so you might want to fish stinkbait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Channel and flathead catfish are being caught by trot lines and pole anglers using worms. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Lots of sub-legal smallmouth bass are being caught along the rock with spinners or floating worms. Northern Pike - Good: Lots of reports of pike, especially by anglers fishing for bass. The last few seasons the pike spawns have been fantastic and the fishery for pike is responding. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. The larger crayfish you use the larger drum you will catch.

Mississippi River Pool 13
The water level is around 6.1 feet at Bellevue and will slowly recede this week.  The main channel temperature is at 80 degrees.  The tributary streams like the Maquoketa River turned turbid again this week due to localized heavy rainfall but is again slowly clearing. Largemouth Bass - Good: Look for clearer water especially in weed bed locations to catch bass. The largemouths reported to us have been quite sizable. The high water has made Spring Lake, Savanna Bay and Browns Lake boat accessible. Some nice fish are also being taken in the tailwaters. Smallmouth Bass - Good: Smallies are biting along the rock shorelines by anglers using small spinners or crankbaits. Walleye - Fair: Lots of activity fishing for walleyes on wing dams but anglers are reporting only short fish. We have had good reproduction the past two years but these fish are still below the 15 inch keeper size. Bluegill - Good: Some bluegills are making their way out to the channel border hiding in sloughs with brush piles or rock shorelines. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is over so you might want to fish stink bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some eating sized flatheads are being caught in the tailwaters by anglers using worm rigs.  Some larger specimens are being taken on trot lines. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: A simple egg sinker rig fished in 6 to 10 feet of moving water is all that is needed to catch drum. Bait with crayfish or worms. Northern Pike - Good: Strong northern pike populations are evident throughout Pool 13 as many pike were caught this week.  Most came off of flashy spinners and crank baits.

Mississippi River Pool 14
The water level is at 5.8 feet at Fulton, 9.9 feet at Camanche, and 5.0 feet above the dam at LeClaire.  All readings are down from last week. The water temperature in the main channel is unseasonably cool at 80 degrees.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Good populations of bass exist in Pool 14.  Some bass may have moved into the bigger backwater areas and clearer waters.   Anglers report using frog imitations in the weed lines for best results. Channel Catfish - Excellent: The spawn of catfish is now nearly over so you might want to fish stink bait above the wing dams or on big fallen trees in the major side channels.  Move often if not catching channel catfish. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills are being caught in the backwater areas on worm rigs.   Muddy water has taken its toll on the bluegill bite but is clearing up nicely.  Expect good fishing for bluegills to resume. Smallmouth Bass - Fair: Fish spinners or jigs close to any exposed rocky areas. Flathead Catfish - Good: Some nice flathead catfish are still being caught by people mostly fishing other species such as bass. Flatheads are live fish eating catfish and will readily hit on flashy lures. Northern Pike - Good: Pike were caught this week in good numbers in Pool 14.  Most people who catch pike are generally bass fishing throwing white spinners or crankbaits. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum can be caught easily in areas of modest current and depths of 6 to 10 feet.   Often boat ramp areas have good access to freshwater drum fishing. Simple egg sinker and worm rigs work best. Walleye - Fair: A few "short" walleyes were reported being caught on the wing dams.

Mississippi River Pool 15
The water level is at 7.8 feet at Rock Island. The water temperature is around 82 degrees.    Eagles Landing and Leach park are two nice areas to put in and enjoy fishing on Pool 15.    Channel Catfish - Excellent: Launch at Eagles Landing in Bettendorf and fish near smaller tributary mouths above and below the park.  Use worms or stink bait but move often if you are successful.  Catfish will either bite within the first 15 minutes or so.  If you do not catch any in that amount of time, move on. Flathead Catfish - Fair: Some flatheads were caught mixed in with the channel catfish by anglers using worms or live bait. Freshwater Drum - Excellent: Drum are a consistent biter this time of year.  A simple rig with worms and an egg sinker will prove best. Use large crayfish to catch larger drum.  Some are being reported on crankbaits.

The River is stable to falling throughout the district.  Fishing has been variable with some very fine fishing reported for some species while other species are becoming more difficult to catch.    Being adaptable is one of the characteristics of a good Mississippi River angler.   

Mississippi River Pool 16
Tailwater stage is 6.37 feet at Lock and Dam 15 in Davenport and falling.  Crappie - Fair: Some crappies are being caught in Sunset Marina. Fish with minnows under a bobber. Bluegill - Fair: Some bluegills are being caught in Sunset Marina fishing with small minnows or pieces of worm under a bobber. Northern Pike - Fair: Some small northern pike are being caught while bluegill and crappie fishing. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Some largemouth bass are being caught in Velie Chute within the Andalusia Island complex. Cast spinner baits or crankbaits. White Bass - Fair: Some white bass are being caught in Sylvan Slough but fishing has been hit or miss. Cast crankbaits, in-line spinners, or jigs and twister tails. Some white bass are also being caught trolling crankbaits on the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Cast or troll crankbaits. Using three-way rigs with night crawlers or jigs with night crawlers on the wing dams works too.

Mississippi River Pool 17
Tailwater stage is 5.28 feet at Lock and Dam 16 at Muscatine and falling.  Channel Catfish - Good: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel and in side channels. Fish with stinkbait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Some channel catfish can also be caught fishing on the wing dams. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams casting or trolling crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers. Some walleyes can be caught trolling crankbaits along GPC.

Mississippi River Pool 18
Tailwater stage is 7.04 feet at Lock and Dam 17 above New Boston and falling. We have not received any fishing reports for this pool this week.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in the side channels and along the main channel. Fish above brush piles and snags with stinkbait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Walleye - No Report: Look for walleyes on the wing dams. Troll or cast crankbaits or pulling three-way rigs with crawlers. White Bass - No Report: Look for white bass by the Lock and Dam, the outlet of Lake Odessa, or on the wing dams. Cast crankbaits, in-line spinners, or jigs and twister tails.

Mississippi River Pool 19
Tailwater stage is 4.08 feet at Lock and Dam 18 above Burlington and falling. We have not received any fishing report information for this pool this week.  Channel Catfish - No Report: Look for channel catfish in brush piles and snags along the main channel or side channels. Fish above the snags with stink bait, cut bait, or night crawlers. Channel catfish can also be caught fishing the wing dams.

River levels have been falling the past few days. Water clarity has been fair to good. Main channel water temperature is around 80 degrees. If you have questions on fishing Pools 16-19, contact the Fairport Fish Hatchery at 563-263-5062.

SOUTHWEST
Rock Creek Lake
Crappie - Good: Crappie are being caught drifting panfish jigs or minnows mid-lake on the lower portion of the lake.

Big Creek Lake
Walleye - Fair: Walleye are being caught in good numbers with more fish over 15 inches. Concentrate on the upper half of the lake in less than 20 feet of water trolling crank baits or spinner rigs with crawlers or minnows.  Shore anglers can pick up walleye as well fishing minnows under slip bobbers off the jetties. Bluegill - Fair: Fish the outside edges of vegetation beds in shallow water with small hooks, crawler pieces and a bobber.

Red Rock Reservoir
White Bass - Good: White bass action has been good.  Find areas where gizzard shad are concentrated and busting on the surface.  Cast or troll spoons and shad imitating crank baits.  Shallow diving chrome or firetiger colored baits work well.

Saylorville Reservoir
Channel Catfish - Good: Good summer channel catfishing can be found drifting cut bait above the mile long bridge. White Bass - Fair: White bass are in their summer pattern and being caught trolling spoons and crankbaits out from Sandpiper beach, the Oak Grove Recreation Area and around the mile long bridge.

Des Moines River (Stratford to Saylorville Lake)
Channel Catfish - Good: Water levels are getting more challenging for boat navigation, but good catches of channel catfish have been coming out of the Des Moines River above Saylorville using stink baits and cut bait.

Bluegill and crappie are being caught drift fishing in many lakes while hot weather has white bass fishing picking up in Red Rock and Saylorville. For information on central Iowa lakes and rivers, contact Andy Otting or Ben Dodd at 515-432-2823.

Greenfield Lake
Fish surveys indicate a large crappie population in Greenfield. Panfish can be caught drifting. Greenfield also has good largemouth bass and catfish numbers.  Crappie - Fair: Crappies averaging 9 inches can be caught drifting twister tails. Bluegill - Fair: Drift with black jigs tipped with a night crawler or power bait. Fish will average 8 inches. Channel Catfish - Fair: Channel catfish can be caught around the jetties and close to rock with shrimp. Fish will average 2 pounds.

Nodaway Lake
Anglers can expect to catch 8 inch bluegills and 9 inch crappie.  Crappie - Fair: Drift with white twister tails and cast to sunken trees to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Bluegill - Slow: Drift or slow troll small jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish are 6 feet deep. Channel Catfish - Fair: Catfish are being caught with cut bait in the upper end of the lake. Fish will average 18 to 20 inches.

Orient Lake
Catfishing is good at Orient.  Channel Catfish - Good: Successful anglers are using shrimp or crawdads. Average size catfish are 18 to 20 inches.

Lake Anita
Anglers are catching panfish drifting mid lake. Largemouth bass fishing is good along vegetation edges.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass anglers are catching good numbers of bass casting the edges of vegetation and vertical jigging the roadbeds for larger fish. Black Crappie - Fair: Drift around the roadbeds and cast along vegetation edges to catch crappie up to 12 inches. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill can be caught drifting small jigs tipped with a crawler or power bait. Fish are in 6 to 8 feet of water.

Viking Lake
Viking has a good largemouth bass population. A few crappies can be caught drifting. Channel catfishing has been good this week.  Largemouth Bass - Good: Largemouth of all sizes are being caught casting small spinnerbaits with a slow retrieve or plastics around the shoreline and jetties. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish can be caught in the campground arm of the lake and south of the beach using cut bait. Fish average 2 pounds. Crappie - Fair: Drift open water areas of the lake with small jigs or twister tails. Fish will average 9 inches.

Prairie Rose Lake
The fishery at Prairie Rose is doing well. Bluegill growth has been good with fish over 9 inches being caught this spring and summer. The crappie fishing is still a couple of years away as they were just stocked last fall. Largemouth bass are growing quickly with many 8 to 10 inch fish in the lake. The initial stocking of catfish are in the 14 to 16 inch range. Bluegill - Fair: Anglers are catching quality size bluegill off the ends of the jetties with a night crawler and bobber. Boat anglers are drifting or slow trolling black jigs in open water areas. Largemouth Bass - Good: Many 8 to 10 inch bass are being caught. Channel Catfish - No Report: Channel catfish are 14 to 16 inches.

Lake Manawa
The catfish bite is good in the canals and on the main lake in the evenings.  Channel Catfish - Good: Catfishing has been good this week at Manawa. The night bite is best using Sonny’s dip bait or cut bait.

Hacklebarney East
Hacklebarney has good water clarity with a nice ring of aquatic vegetation. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills can be caught drifting or slow trolling the lake with black jigs tipped with a crawler. Fish average 8 inches. Black Crappie - No Report: Fish early morning or late afternoon for crappies averaging 10 inches.

Cold Springs District Farm Ponds
Panfish are in deeper water during the summer. Bass fishing has been good this week early morning and afternoon. Catfish are close to structure. Always get permission to fish privately owned ponds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Cast along vegetation and around structure to catch bass in their summer pattern. Bluegill - Good: Anglers have reported catching bluegills with small jigs and crawler 4 feet under a bobber with a very slow retrieve. Crappie - Fair: Crappie will be in 4 to 6 feet of water around structure. Cast jigs or minnows under a bobber to catch crappie in the summer. Channel Catfish - Good: Channel catfish will associate themselves around sunken logs and along vegetation edges. Fish with cut bait around these habitat types for good summer catfishing.

Water temperatures remain around 80 degrees in the southwest district. Bluegills and crappie can be caught drifting open water. For more information, call the Cold Springs District Office at 712-769-2587

Lake Icaria
Crappie - Fair: Crappies up to 10 inches have been caught with minnows and jigs fished near the cedar tree piles. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with worms and small jigs fished near the fish mounds. Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish up to 20 inches have been caught with worms and liver fished near the fish mounds. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass up to 19 inches have been caught on crankbaits fished near cedar tree piles and rock structure.

West Lake (Osceola)
The marina is closed for improvements. 

Little River Watershed Lake
Channel Catfish - Good: Catfish up to 22 inches have been caught using liver along the rock reefs. Walleye - Fair: Walleye up to 20 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along the weed lines and fishing the rock reefs off the beach point. Bluegill - Fair: Bluegill up to 8 inches have been caught with worms fished near the cedar tree piles. Largemouth Bass - Good: Bass up to 17 inches have been caught with crankbaits fished along weed lines and near rock reefs.

Lake of Three Fires
Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass up to 18 inches have been caught with crankbaits and jigs fished along the dam and near cedar tree piles in the mornings.

Sands Timber Lake (Blockton Reservoir)
Sands Timber Lake has been drained for the construction of a wetland structure in the west arm. 

Green Valley Lake
Bluegill - Slow: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with worms fished along weed lines and near cedar tree piles. Largemouth Bass - Fair: Bass up to 18 inches have been caught with crankbaits and jigs fished near cedar tree piles and along rock structure.

Summit Lake
Bluegill - Fair: Bluegills up to 8 inches have been caught with worms fished along the weed lines. Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch up to 10 inches have been caught with worms and jigs fished along the weed lines.

Twelve Mile Creek Lake
Yellow Perch - Fair: Perch up to 11 inches have been caught on worms and jigs fished in 14 feet of water near the channel. Walleye - Fair: Walleye up to 19 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along the weed lines. Crappie - Slow: Crappies up to 12 inches have been caught trolling crankbaits along the weed lines.

Walnut Creek Marsh
Walnut Creek Marsh has been drained for in-lake improvements. 

Water temperature in most Mount Ayr District lakes are in the mid-80's. The district includes Page, Taylor, Adams, Union, Ringgold, Decatur, Clarke and Madison counties. For more information, call 641-464-3108.

Missouri River (Sioux City to Little Sioux)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Anglers are catching channel catfish with worms and stink bait. Anglers have had success in the mouths of incoming rivers, creeks, around brush piles, and below wing dikes. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfishing is good on trotlines/rod and reel using chubs, bullheads, and green sunfish. Blue Catfish - Fair: A few blue cats have been caught in this stretch. Fresh cut bait works well.

Missouri River (Little Sioux to Council Bluffs)
Channel Catfish - Fair: Successful anglers are using stinkbait and worms; try cut bait for larger fish.  Fish below wing dikes and in slower portions of the Missouri.  Catfish are also being caught in the mouth of tributary streams and rivers. Flathead Catfish - Good: Flathead catfish continue to be caught on trotlines and rod and reel using chubs and live baits. Blue Catfish - Good: Blue catfish are being caught on fresh cut bait.

Missouri River (Council Bluffs to Missouri State Line)
Channel Catfish - Good: Anglers continue to have success on worms, cut bait, and stink bait/dip bait. Flathead Catfish - Good: Anglers are having success on trotlines/rod and reel catching flatheads with chubs, bullheads, goldfish, and green sunfish. Blue Catfish - Good: Anglers are catching blue catfish on trotlines and rod and reel using cut bait and live baits.

The Missouri River at Decatur, Nebraska is at 21.73 ft. /32,700 cfs./78 degrees Fahrenheit. The Missouri River is up 0.63 feet from last week. Tributary streams and rivers are up with recent rains.  Watch for debris floating down the Missouri River.  Fishing has slowed on the Missouri with rainy weather and warm weather conditions.  Fishing continues to be good for anglers that are getting out on the Missouri River.